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30 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, September 26 - October 2, 1997 Angle Moon photo Gov. Tom Carper presides over groundbreaking ceremonies at the new Veterans Cemetery located on the grounds of Stockley Center, Georgetown. The cemetery is expected to be com- pleted by October of next year. Groundbreaking held for Sussq00:z Veterans Cemetery Gov. Tom Carper, Lt. Gov. Ruth Ann Minner, Secretary of State Edward J. Freel, Rep. Charles P. West and Sen. James T, Vaughn broke ground for the state's second veterans cemetery on over 60 acres of land on the grounds of Stockley Center near Georgetown on Monday, Sept. 22. "Just as our state's veterans have earned a special place in our hearts for their sacrifices in de- fending our nation, this new cemetery will provide them a spe- cial final resting place," Carper said. "As a Vietnam veteran, I know full well the sacrifices our veterans have made. We owe all these men and women a debt of gratitude for all they have done to preserve the American way of life. The new Veterans Cemetery in Sussex County is an appropriate lasting tribute to their heroic work." Last year the General Assembly passed and Carper signed into law legislation allowing the Delaware Commission of Veterans Affairs to construct a veterans cemetery in Sussex County. The building project will be completed in two phases and cost approximately $3.5 million. The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is matching the state's con- tribution to the project. Bill Jayne, director of State Cemetery Grants Program, presented the VA's first payment of $500,000 to Carper. The second cemetery is slated to open in October of next year. The Delaware Veterans Memo- rial Cemetery is the 0nly state owned and operated cemetery for veterans and their eligible depen- dents. The plot, vault, burial and marker are free of charge for Delaware veterans. There is a $300 burial fee for a spouse or eli- gible dependent. Established in 1983, the first Veterans Memorial Cemetery is located near Summit Bridge and more than 3,600 veterans and their dependents are interred at the cemetery. In addition, some 19,000 veterans or their spouses have applied for interment. The Oak Orchard Riverdale American Legion Post 28 held a reception following the ground- breaking. MS t It's almost time for the 15th an- nual Patterson-Schwartz MS 150 Bike to the Bay weekend, sched- uled for Oct. 4 and 5. The annual event benefits the Multiple Scle- rosis Society. Participants may register until Friday, Sept. 26, for $35, and must collect at least $150 in pledges. The 150-mile round trip ride between Smyrna and Dewey Beach is fully supported with bike shop crews on the road to keep everyone's wheels turning. Cyclists will travel 75 miles from Smyrna to Dewey Beach on Saturday, Oct. 4, stay overnight to the Bay slated Oct. 4-5 and return to Smyrna on Sunday, Oct. 5. Riders will have the option Sat- urday of doing a special century ride of 100 miles. The ride will start at Smyrna High School; registration begins at 6:30 a.m. Saturday. The first riders will take off at 8 a.m. Everyone is invited to partici- pate, regardless of age or level of skill, though children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Saturday's ride will finish with ceremonies at the Rusty Rudder in- Dewey Beach. rH "EVERYDAY OUR COMMUNITY TEACHERS CHANGE THE FACE OF THE FUTURE." Today's students become tomorrow's community leaders. It's been that way for genera- tions. Through example and experience teachers pass on the skills our children will need to create a successful future. Teachers deserve our respect and thanks for all they do to make our community a better place to live. Terry Suess,Teacher of the Year 1998 ounty Rehoboth Beach 226-9800 Long Neck 947-7300 Milford 424-2500 Seaford 628-4400